Alfa 159 and Ipod connectivity - steering wheel controls
Some advice please if anyone can help!
I have just taken delivery of a 56 plate 159 Lusso, absolutely loving it. The only drawback is it didn’t come with the optional ‘Blue and me’ pack so I have an issue with Ipod connectivity.
My previous car was an 04 plate 156 Veloce and on that I fitted the Dension cable that allowed direct access to the Ipod and still retained steering wheel functionality. Prior to this I had a FIAT Brava and I fitted the same kit to that.
Both of these cars I left the Dension kit in Ipod mode so I could still use the steering wheel controls but selected my tracks on the Ipod. I find the Dension interface too slow, not very user friendly and the display way too small to read. I also don’t like the idea of needing to set playlists up as I have 10,000 tunes on my 30Gig Ipod.
My main question relates to the genuine Alfa aftermarket lead part number 71804065, which I believe is made by Dension and licensed to Alfa.
Does this lead allow you to play the Ipod in ‘Ipod mode’ or are you restricted to the Dension mode (which I believe displays the Alfa logo with the genuine lead).
Furthermore, the biggest annoyance I always found on my former cars was when the car ignition was turned off and then restarted the Ipod automatically went into pause, I’m proposing on keeping the Ipod in the glovebox drawer, if the Ipod goes into pause it’s a tad annoying to open the glovebox to press play every time!
I’m also assuming if I use the connects2 FM modulation kit my steering wheel controls won’t work.
Any advice would be gratefully received or any other options available to me that will allow full connectivity and steering wheel control.
Has anybody used the Parrot Mki9200,looks an expensive way to go, especially connected with the kit that allows using the Alfa steering wheel controls, anyone who has experience of this kit I’d be chuffed to hear from.